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Thursday, February 11, 2010

2009 Chargers: By the numbers

Key statistics from the 2009 San Diego Chargers season.

2 – Number of touchbacks this season for Mike Scifres in 52 punts. Scifres, who specializes in placing the ball and pinning opponents deep, tied three other players for the fewest in the NFL in this critical category.

4 – Number of consecutive AFC West titles for the Chargers. Since the NFL realigned in 2002, no team other than the Chargers has won consecutive AFC West championships, and San Diego’s current streak is the longest active streak for consecutive division titles in the NFL.

5 – Number of Chargers who earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009.

5 – Number of different starting offensive line combinations for the Chargers last season.

7 – Number of forced fumbles for Shaun Phillips in 2009, the most by any player in the NFL in 2009 and a Chargers record.

7-1 – Chargers record on the road in 2009, the best road mark in club history.

9 – Number of interceptions thrown by Philip Rivers in 2009, tying a career low. He was one of just four quarterbacks who started more than 10 games and tossed fewer than 10 picks.

11 – Number of consecutive wins for the Chargers to finish the regular season, tied for the second-longest win streak in team history.

12 – Number of touchdowns for LaDainian Tomlinson, extending his own NFL record to nine-consecutive seasons with at least 10 scores.

13 – Number of regular season wins for the Chargers in 2009, second most in franchise history.

16 – Number of different Chargers that recorded a sack in 2009.

17 – Number of turnovers the Chargers committed in 2009, second fewest in the NFL.

20 – Number of quarterback pressures for Shawne Merriman, a team high.

22 – Number of special teams tackles for fullback Mike Tolbert, a team high.

28 – Number of regular-season drives in which the Chargers’ offense went three and out, the second-fewest in the NFL.

28.4 – Average number of points per game for the Chargers this season, fourth-best in the NFL.

62 – Number of different Chargers who saw game action for the Chargers in 2009.

67 – Number of regular-season wins by the Chargers since 2004, the third most in the NFL over that period.

68 – Number of receptions by Vincent Jackson, a career high. Jackson, who played in the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, also set career highs in yards (1,167) and touchdowns (8) while finishing second in the NFL with a 17.2 yards-per-reception average.

73-16 – Amount by which the Chargers outscored their opponents in the first quarter during the team’s 11-game win streak.

78 – Number of penalties called against the Chargers, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL.

119 – Number of tackles for linebacker Stephen Cooper, the third-consecutive season in which he’s led the team.

146 – Number of points scored by kicker Nate Kaeding, setting a new franchise record for points by a kicker.

209.2 – Number of passing yards per game allowed by the Chargers, 11th best in the NFL after San Diego and an improvement from 31st against the pass in 2008.

776 – Number of receiving yards for Malcom Floyd, a career high.

840 – Number of combined yards (rushing and receiving) for Darren Sproles, who also scored seven touchdowns.

1,157 – Number of receiving yards for Antonio Gates, most among all NFL tight ends.

4,254 – Number of passing yards for Philip Rivers, a career high.